Table Tennis is one of the largest participation sports in the world. Whether played as a recreational activity at a community centre, a social pastime, or a competitive sport at schools and clubs it is accessible by all ages and abilities.
204 countries are members of the International Table Tennis Federation. To attest to the overwhelming size of the sport, the World Table Tennis Championships is the largest single sport competition, in terms of number of participating countries.
Table tennis is played in either a singles or doubles format, with athletes using a racquet made of laminated wood covered with rubber and a plastic ball. Players rally until one player is unable to successfully return a shot, giving the opponent a point. Service alternates every two points, regardless of who scores. The game continues until one side scores 11 points, or one side wins by two points if there is a tie at 10.
Table Tennis has been part of the Canada Games program since 1967.